50 Caps for Chung-Yong Lee

Milestone for Chung-Yong Lee - Chung Sung-Jun

Bolton Wanderers 25-year-old midfielder Chung-Young Lee reached 50 caps for South Korea in Tuesday evenings 3-1 international friendly victory against African opponents Mali. Struggling for form with the Wanderers, Lee has had no such problems with his national side, chipping in with two assists in another vital performance.

Finishing Runners-up in their group behind Iran, South Korea have safely qualified as expected for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Chung-Yong Lee, as well as many Wanderers fans who would like representation at this monumental World Cup, will be happy as his fine international form should see him safely named in the 23 man squad.

His International career so far has been very successful.  Lee was handed his international debut aged just 19, and has managed 5 goals for his national side, two at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. His performances did not go unnoticed, coupled with Players' Player of the Season and best newcomer awards at the Reebok, Chung-Yong was named one of Sports Illustrated's Top 10 Rising Stars after the summer of 2010. CYL's recent international performances have seen sections of the media claim that Lee is ‘wasted' in the Championship and the fast and physical nature does not suit a slight, technically gifted player such as Lee.

The £2.2m Gary Megson signing from FC Seoul has had mixed fortunes at Bolton Wanderers, moments of eye-catching, match-winning, genius have been counter-balanced with pure invisibility in games and debate was rife and continues as whether the Bolton board should cash in on one of their most valuable assets. This is a subject I first touched on in Pre-season.

I, for one, would be sorry to see ‘Chungy' go but we could certainly find more suitable players for a small percentage of the fee and I feel it is a no-brainer to cash in on Chung-Yong Lee & David Ngog alike.

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